DOE SunShot Initiative
Rooftop Solar Challenge
Catherine Wilt, Research Director
University of Tennessee
June 27, 2013
Overview
• SunShot Rooftop Solar Challenge, Phase I summary
• Phase I Goals and Partners
• Phase I Outcomes
• Recent Event...
SunShot Phase I Summary
• The Tennessee SunShot effort was one of 22 projects in the US funded with a
DOE Rooftop Solar Ch...
Key Findings
• Improvements came from process efficiencies
• Streamlined municipal review process
• Proposed streamlined p...
DOE Evaluation of Progress
• DOE NREL Solar Metrics market assessments for each
jurisdiction submitted at beginning of pro...
Recent Deliverables
• A dozen white papers, covering an assortment of
Solar related topics, all of which are on the projec...
The Rooftop Solar
Smartphone App
The University of Tennessee is developed an
industry first mobile application to help gro...
Why A Rooftop Solar App?
Since the SunShot Goals are to…
• Improve market conditions for Rooftop Solar
• Streamline and st...
Engage All Solar Stakeholders
The app will attempt to bring together consumers and solar industry professionals in a way t...
Tennessee Solar Summit (April 2013)
Day 1
• Phase I Jurisdictions
• Mobile Application
• Breakout sessions
• Matt Brown fr...
SunShot Phase II Proposal
• UT submitted a Phase II concept paper to DOE in
January
• Essentially propose to extend the Ph...
Additional Partners
• Univ. of Alabama at Huntsville, Redstone Energy, Mississippi
State Univ., Western Kentucky Univ., NA...
Anticipated Phase II Outcomes
• Continue work with partner communities to understand and
reduce barriers associated with S...
STAY IN TOUCH
UT – SunShot Online
Catherine Wilt
Address:
University of Tennessee
311 Conference Center Bldg.
Knoxville, T...
Up on the roof – lessons learned from the tennessee rooftop solar challenge
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Up on the roof – lessons learned from the tennessee rooftop solar challenge

  1. 1. DOE SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge Catherine Wilt, Research Director University of Tennessee June 27, 2013
  2. 2. Overview • SunShot Rooftop Solar Challenge, Phase I summary • Phase I Goals and Partners • Phase I Outcomes • Recent Events • SunShot RSC Phase II proposal overview
  3. 3. SunShot Phase I Summary • The Tennessee SunShot effort was one of 22 projects in the US funded with a DOE Rooftop Solar Challenge grant • DOE estimates that 35% of installation costs are due to non-hardware costs. SunShot goals relate to reducing “soft costs” associated with rooftop solar: – Improve market conditions for Rooftop Solar – Streamline and standardize permitting processes – Reduce market barriers to increase Solar adoption – Facilitate participation of local governments, utilities, and organizations • The Tennessee SunShot effort focused on: – Permitting and interconnection processes – Financing – Planning and zoning issues – Net metering and interconnection standards
  4. 4. Key Findings • Improvements came from process efficiencies • Streamlined municipal review process • Proposed streamlined parallel process for <10kw • Consistent communications often did not exist among local stakeholders • Change in signature processes cut delays • Financing does not appear to be a deterrent • Current issues include how to value a PV system during property transfers
  5. 5. DOE Evaluation of Progress • DOE NREL Solar Metrics market assessments for each jurisdiction submitted at beginning of project (Feb 2012) • Completed with municipalities and distributors, with industry verification • Solar Metrics market assessments performed again and submitted to DOE NREL at project end (Feb 2013) • Again, completed with municipalities and distributors, with industry verification • Significant improvements according to DOE NREL Solar market assessments: • 75% improvement in the overall team score
  6. 6. Recent Deliverables • A dozen white papers, covering an assortment of Solar related topics, all of which are on the project site at: sites.google.com/site/sunshottn • Recent Franklin water treatment facility case study • Memphis BioWorks parking garage case study • A Rooftop Solar App for iOS and Android devices • Tennessee Solar conference in Chattanooga (April 2013)
  7. 7. The Rooftop Solar Smartphone App The University of Tennessee is developed an industry first mobile application to help grow the Solar Economy across the Tennessee Valley.
  8. 8. Why A Rooftop Solar App? Since the SunShot Goals are to… • Improve market conditions for Rooftop Solar • Streamline and standardize permitting processes • Reduce market barriers to increase Solar adoption • Encourage partnerships of local governments, utilities, and organizations • Facilitate participation by diverse entities We envisioned a Rooftop Solar App that would… • Be a dependable source of Solar information for the Tennessee Valley • Echo policies of local governments, planning agencies, HOAs • Offer local permitting processes provided based on user GPS • Act as a directory of consumer-oriented Solar service providers • Refer to certified installers, realtors, lenders and other Solar professionals • Facilitate public and stakeholder participation with social media
  9. 9. Engage All Solar Stakeholders The app will attempt to bring together consumers and solar industry professionals in a way to improve the Solar Economy in the Tennessee Valley. The Rooftop Solar App serves three main areas: An educational tool that property owners can use to make informed decisions as they learn more about Rooftop Solar. Clarifies Solar permitting, installation, and generation processes with insights into the functions of Solar service providers, local government agencies, and utilities. SolarEducation Engage consumers and all solar stakeholders in dialogue of topical Rooftop Solar issues, barriers and best practices. Through extended public interaction the app will serve as a dynamic research tool that will better inform solar policy to reduce barriers to Solar Adoption. SolarInteraction Connect consumers and solar industry professionals in a way to encourage growth in the Solar Economy. Encourage consumers to adopt Solar by facilitating an entry point with certified Solar installers, realtors, lenders, and local government agencies. SolarEconomy
  10. 10. Tennessee Solar Summit (April 2013) Day 1 • Phase I Jurisdictions • Mobile Application • Breakout sessions • Matt Brown from TVA • Amy Bunton from Pathway Lending • Mayor Talley from Ducktown • Justin Barnes from NCSC • Ted Wampler Day 2 • Nashville Mayor Karl Dean • John Hopkins from TN Score • Panel facilitated by Dr. Bruce Tonn • TenneSEIA’s Gil Hough • State of TN’s Molly Cripps • NCSC’s Justin Barnes • TVA’s Patty West • ICMA session: Integrating Solar into Local Plans • Solar Tour of Chattanooga Airport
  11. 11. SunShot Phase II Proposal • UT submitted a Phase II concept paper to DOE in January • Essentially propose to extend the Phase I project area to the entire the TVA service region • DOE invited a full proposal, which was submitted on March 21 • Decision was expected by late May, but…
  12. 12. Additional Partners • Univ. of Alabama at Huntsville, Redstone Energy, Mississippi State Univ., Western Kentucky Univ., NASEO, Brooks Engineering, Simplikate & Vergence • Association of TN Valley Governments • Five State Energy Offices (TN, MS, AL, NC, KY) • TenneSEIA • NC Solar Center • Sandia National Laboratories • TREEDC • ICMA • TAPA
  13. 13. Anticipated Phase II Outcomes • Continue work with partner communities to understand and reduce barriers associated with Solar • Address unique issues in small and rural communities • Work with the planning community to share best practices, model zoning, relaxed constraints, etc. • Work with local governments to prepare for Solar growth • Work with real property professionals to expand knowledge base for valuation of solar properties • Develop case studies, white papers, create PSAs and educational materials of interest to stakeholders • And expand the Rooftop Solar App…
  14. 14. STAY IN TOUCH UT – SunShot Online Catherine Wilt Address: University of Tennessee 311 Conference Center Bldg. Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 Phone: 865 - 974 - 1915 Email: catwilt@utk.edu f facebook.com/RooftopSolarTN t twitter.com/RooftopSolarTN sites.google.com/site/SunShotTN Share your Solar thoughts and experiences with the Tennessee Valley community as together we work for a Solar-powered future. Participate with the SunShot Rooftop Solar effort across several social media platforms.

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